Israeli Rabbinate To Allow Women To Be Kashrus Supervisors

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kashrusIsrael’s Chief Rabbinate will allow women to become kashrus supervisors for the first time in the wake of a petition filed by the Emuhah women’s rights group to the High Court of Justice.

Ashkenazi Chief Rabbi Rav Dovid Lau has decided to remove stipulations from the guidelines preventing women from applying for the job. Emunah, which has advocated for this change for two years, created a course to train women to work as kashrus supervisors.

“This is without doubt a historic breakthrough and achievement,” Emunah Chairwoman Liora Minke said following the announcement of the decision.

Member of Knesset Aliza Lavie (Yesh Atid) said the Chief Rabbinate “must continue to find ways to make itself more accommodating to reality in Israel.”


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  1. Here in Antwerp the Machsikei Hadass community,and I believe the Shomrei Hadass too,have been employing woman mashgichim for many years,and they are some of the best of a very good team too!One lady who has been in the job for over thirty years,has always been highly respected by all who know her,including all it’s past and present Rabbonim..I’ve heard it said that the women are in many ways better mashgichim than their male collegues!

  2. I don’t understand what the issue is. Every Jewish husband has a woman mashgiach in his home – his wife – and hallachah declares her ne’emenes to perpare his food.

  3. We all rely on women as kashrus supervisors – in our private kitchens at home. If we can rely on women in the home, why not in industry? A woman who is vigilant in her own home is going to be vigilant in the factory – because she thinks of all the other women who are relying on her.


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